Dental Implants in Brisbane
Dental implants may seem like a recent innovation, but they have actually been in use for decades. Dr Robert Zhang has been placing and restoring dental implants at Alderley Dental for over 12 years, and graduated from Postgraduate Institute of Dental Surgery with Graduate Diploma in Dental Implantology.
At Alderley Dental, we offer state-of-the-art dental implants, the gold standard for tooth replacement. Considered by many as the most reliable and long-term solution to missing teeth, dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, which prevents the bone from shrinking due to tooth loss. Patients who opt for dental implants enjoy the benefits of an unrestricted diet and the improved confidence that comes with a fixed solution to missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that comes in the form of a
screw. Our dentists surgically place it in the jawbone where the live tooth
root used to be. Then a ceramic or porcelain crown is attached to the top
of the implant to complete your smile.
A dental implant is a self-sustained tooth replacement that mimics the natural tooth
structure. Dental implants are secured in the jawbone with a surgically implanted
titanium “root,” then capped with a natural-looking dental restoration, the part of the
tooth that is visible when you smile. They integrated with surrounding bone and
tissue and become an anchor that mimics a natural root. This process prevents any
deterioration of bone that occurs when a tooth is lost.
How We Use Dental Implants
Getting dental implants isn’t the same for everyone. Dental implants can be used to:
- Replace a single tooth
- Replace multiple individual teeth
- Anchor a fixed dental bridge
- Stabilize a full set of dentures
Since implants are secured in the jaw with titanium roots, they don’t require the support of adjacent teeth to stay in place. You will be amazed at how natural dental implants look and feel once they are placed. Dental implants also prevent jawbone deterioration, look and act like natural teeth, are easy to care for and last for years.
Normally, placing a dental implant is a lengthy process. First, the implant must be placed and allowed to heal for several months. Only after this healing period can the dentist cap the implant root with an attractive restoration that will look and function just like your real teeth.
Are Implants Right for Me?
At Alderley Dental in Stafford, QLD we will examine and evaluate your teeth to determine whether implant dentistry is right for you. If you meet one or more of the following criteria, dental implants might be your solution:
- You are missing one or more teeth.
- Your speaking or chewing processes are impaired by your missing teeth.
- You have had a recent injury, involving trauma to the mouth.
- You can return for dentist appointments for several months.
- Dentures do not appeal to you.
- Your jawbone is fully developed.
- With bone grafting, or in its current state, your bone can support the implants.
- Your oral tissues are relatively healthy.
- Your jawbone is capable of healing itself.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
After we perform the dental implant surgery, we place a porcelain crown on top of the implant to complete your smile.
With proper dental care, implants can last an entire lifetime.
The tooth or teeth anchored by the implant must be brushed and flossed daily along with your natural teeth.
It is essential that you come in for regular check-ups and professional cleans.
We will also want to check on your implant two to four times in the first year after the treatment depending on the complexity of your situation.
Dangers to the Health of Dental Implants
As with your natural teeth, not maintaining regular dental hygiene is the greatest danger to your dental implant. Although implants can’t decay like normal teeth, good oral care is essential to prevent gum disease.
If you were to neglect your dental hygiene, bacteria could spread down between the teeth and gums and cause damage around the implant root attached under the gum tissue. If the infection spreads into the jawbone, it can dissolve the bone around the implant. This is easy to avoid with daily removal of bacteria and food particles with brushing and flossing.
Can I Get Dental Implants if I Have Bone Loss?
You still can have dental implants if you have bone loss. In Alderley Dental, we recommend to have Cone Bean Computed Technology (CBCT) 3D scan to find out how much bone and to assist precisely plan placement of your dental implant.
If there is not enough bone due to bone loss, we use Swiss made Deproteinized Bovine bone mineral (Bio-Oss), which has a structure similar to human cancellous bone and has the ability to enhance bone formation. Then titanium implant can be fully integrated in the jaw bone. Dr Robert Zhang can explain any question if you have any concern.
Are Tooth Implants Right for You in Brisbane?
Dr Robert Zhang will assess the suitability of dental implants for your situation and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. He will also explain the process, costs and alternatives to dental implants.